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Introduction. Reforming Views Of Reformed Scholasticism

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This introductory chapter aims to do three things. First, it sketches the renaissance of interest in Reformed scholasticism and the radical reassessment brought about by recent scholarship. Given the role that Willem van Asselt has played in this revaluation, sketching it goes hand in hand with the second aim: introducing the main foci of van Asselts scholarly interests. Finally, since all contributions are somehow connected to van Asselts work, it introduces them in the course of the description of the resurgence of interest in Reformed scholasticism and van Asselts contribution. The formation of the Research Group Classic Reformed Theology in 1982 led to the application of the methods of Anglo-Saxon post-Wittgensteinian analytic philosophy to the study of Reformed scholasticism. Christianity had to break away from this view of the relationship between God and the world, as it left no room for the ideas of creation, freedom, revelation and incarnation.

Keywords: Christianity; post-Wittgensteinian analytic philosophy; reformed scholasticism; Research Group Classic Reformed Theology; Willem van Asselt



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